Nigerian Parliament

Lawan Talks Tough As 59 Mdas Fail To Account For Public Funds

*Threatens to publish names of erring MDAs The Senate has threatened to publish the names of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government that failed to defend the queries the Auditor General of the Federation (AuGF) raised against them. Senate President Ahmad Lawan said this while reacting to the presentation of the report …

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AMCON Takes Over Sen. Buhari’s Houses For N600m Loan Default

Assets belonging to Senator Abdulfatai Buhari have been taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). The agency accused the lawmaker of unwillingness to defray a N600 million loan. The corporation said it took the action after securing a court order to sell the assets to recover the loan. Buhari, elected on the …

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Senate Minority Leader, Abaribe Rocks “The Dot Nation ” T – Shirt

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe Tuesday wore “The Dot Nation” T-Shirt to his office in the national assembly to showcase his Igboness. It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had in a recent interview with Arise TV in Abuja described the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB as “a dot in a circle” who …

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Senate Places 75% Import Duties On Importation Of Syringes, Needles

The Senate has ordered a hike in importation duties on syringes and needles into the country and therefore recommended 75 percent port duties. This is as the upper chamber mandated full implementation of the policy on usage of locally manufactured syringes and needles by federal government owned hospitals and health institutions across the country. The …

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Buhari Seeks Senate’s Approval Of N895bn Supplementary Budget

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged the Senate to consider and approve N895billion as Supplementary Budget. Senate President Ahmad Lawan read Buhari’s letter of request on the floor at plenary. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had earlier approved the amount. A substantial part of the fund has been earmarked for procurement of military hardware to …

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APC’s Future Uncertain After Buhari’s Exit In 2023 – Lawan

President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has disclosed that the future of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) appears uncertain after the exit of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in 2023. He said the APC may face challenges after the exit of President Buhari from office in less than two years, except timely interventions are …

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No Amount Of Threat’ll Stop Ndigbo From Demanding Equitable Treatment – Sen. Abaribe

SENATE Minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has vowed that no amount of threat will stop Ndigbo from demanding equitable treatment in Nigeria, insisting that the marginalization has become unbearable. According to Abaribe, despite the fact that Igbo are the glue that holds Nigeria, some people are trying to push them out but he said they …

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No Plan To Gag Media With NPC Bill, Says Senate Spokesman

The National Assembly is not planning to gag the media through the proposed amendment of the Nigeria Press Council (NPC) Act, Senate spokesman Ajibola Basiru has stated. Basiru spoke in Abuja while answering questions from a reporter after declaring open a two-day capacity building workshop for media aides to Principal Officers and Information Personnel of …

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Reps Flag-Off Probe Of Twitter Ban Tuesday

Infamous Decree 4 is rearing its head again under guide of national interest ― Hon Gbillah Barring last-minute changes, the House of Representatives will on Tuesday flags-off the investigative hearing into the ban imposed on the operation of the microblogging site, Twitter, in Nigeria, issued by the Federal Government, on June 4, 2021. The investigative …

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Senate Spokesman To Politicians: Don’t Turn Media Aides To Attack Dogs

Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, on Monday, admonished political office holders not to turn their media aides into “attack dogs” in view of their critical role of “mitigating tension in the society.” Basiru made the call while declaring open a two-day capacity building workshop for media aides to …

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Abductions, Kidnappings Worsening Education In The North – Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has lamented the rising spate of abduction and kidnapping of students in the North has worsened education in the region. He also urged leaders to encourage productivity among youths to enable them contribute meaningfully to national development. Lawan, according to a statement by his Special Assistant (Press), Ezrel Tabiowo, in Abuja, …

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Civil Servants More Corrupt Than Politicians, Senate Panel

The Senate Public Accounts Committee has declared that its investigations so far revealed that civil servants are more corrupt than the political class. The Chairman of SPAC, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, stated this in an exclusive interview with our correspondent in Abuja. The Senate panel, which is the only standing committee of the red chamber recognised …

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Northern Lawmakers Are Disposed To State Police – Sen. Basiru

The Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sen Ajibola Basiru on Friday said northern lawmakers in the Senate are disposed to having a de-centralised security system in the country. He said the concern arose from the interest of the lawmakers to ensure that such a system will engender the safety of citizens in …

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President Buhari Was Misled, No Grazing Routes Law In Nigeria – Sen. Basiru Reiterates

*Says Grazing reserve law in northern Nigeria criminalises open grazing The Senator representing Osun Central Senatorial District, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, has once again reacted to the statement credited to President Buhari to the effect that he (Buhari) has instructed the Attorney-General of the Federation to gazette the law on grazing routes. Recall that on …

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Reps Query Whereabouts Of $44 Million Ikoyi NIA Recovered Funds

The House of Representatives on Tuesday raised questions about the whereabouts of the 44 million dollars recovered from the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) by Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) in 2017 as the Office of the National Security Adviser said it was not in custody of the money. The Director of Finance and Admin …

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INEC Job: Lobby For Onochie Gears Up At Senate

The Senate is under pressure to confirm Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, as a national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), it was learnt on Monday. A principal officer of the Senate is spearheading the lobbying, according to a source. After eight months of suspense, Senate President Ahmad …

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No Federal Grazing Route Law In Nigeria, Sen. Ajibola Basiru Faults President Buhari

Senator representing the Osun Central senatorial district, Dr Ajibola Basiru, said on Sunday that President Muhammadu Buhari lacks the powers to revive the old grazing routes, anywhere in the country. The lawmaker also said he wonders if the president has been receiving correct legal advice from the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami. Basiru, who …

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With N800b Extra Budget, No Excuse For Military, Says Ndume

With N800 billion proposed as supplementary budget for defence, the military has no excuse not to decisively prosecute the war against insurgency and rid the country of all forms of criminality, Senate Committee on Army Chairman Ali Ndume said yesterday. The N800 billion request is to support the military in its war against Boko Haram …

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Lawan: To Fund Infrastructural Projects, Nigeria’s Only Option Is To Borrow

Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the only option the country has to finance infrastructural development across the country is to obtain loans. Speaking with journalists at the national assembly on Friday, Lawan said the country cannot raise more revenue through taxes because of the prevailing economic situation. On Thursday, the Debt Management Office (DMO) said …

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